A barrel of what?

We don’t hear much about “barrows” in the 21st century, which is no doubt why the folks having this garage sale listed a “wheel barrel” for sale.

There’s definitely a difference, though, between a wheelbarrow, which is a type of hand truck, and “wheel barrel,” which is a, a … garbage can?

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Take my ‘chachtskis’ – please

There are no “skis” in “chachkas” or “tchotchkes” or however you want to spell it because those thingamabobs in the classified ad are pronounced “choch-kuhs,” which you’d know if you spoke Yiddish, which is what the word is.

Of course, here in the Midwest, most of us aren’t Yiddish but we still like to throw out the occasional Yiddish word because saying “chachkas” or “tchotchkes” or however you want to spell it sounds more cosmopolitan than “cheap doodads,” which is what “chachkas” or “tchotchkes” or …

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Who that?

“That” is a perfectly fine pronoun. Buildings are thats, and bats are thats and even “thats” are that. But, please, for the sake of humanity, let’s make people – including “anyone” – “who” or “whom.”

Here’s one way to think about it, à la Theodor Geisel:

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